Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

since 1987


Membership dues are due by January 31st each year. There are 2 membership categories — regular and family.
Regular dues: $25.00; Family dues: $40.00


On March 24, 1987, the Founding Mothers (Elizabeth Brondos, Margaret Grace, Beth Mitchell and Norma Powell met for the first time to discuss the possibility of forming an organization for the many calligraphers in the Memphis area.

Burton n Bill - Guld 15th Anniversary
Meetings continued weekly toward the first gathering on Monday, May 11, when approximately 30 people cam to the Frazier-Jelke Science Center at Rhodes College. At this meeting it was decided that a Coordinating Council made up of the original four, plus those who had expressed an interest in being officers or committed chairpersons, would content the planning sessions for the summer meetings, with officers to be elected in September. A By-Laws Committee could work until that time, and charter membership would be open until the end of September.

Also at this meeting, Memphis Calligraphy Guild was chosen as the official name of the group. A logo contest was held, and at the second meeting the logo and newsletter masthead designed by William Womack we're selected. Bill was given an honorary membership for one year.

In December of that year, the first honorary lifetime membership was awarded to Burton Callicott, who had contributed so much to the art of calligraphy in Memphis for many years. Burton's certificate was lettered by Bill Womack.*

Current News

Guild History 2014

In March we hosted the highly anticipated pointed pen workshop with Michael Kecseg. During the summer, guild members Roann Mathias, Sandra Hudson, and Maggie Sherard went to the International Calligraphy Conference in Dallas and saw founding member Elizabeth Brondos’ husband Andy, as well as former member Sue Ford. Guild members Liz Ann Dinkelspiel, George Harmeling, Maggie Naylor, Judy Sproles and Bill Theobald and attended the August IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) Convention in Indiana. Kathy Overton organized a display booth for the guild at the Rocky Point Fall Festival in October. In November, Judy Melvin, formerly of American Greetings, taught her workshops, Improv Studio and Neuland. Both were inspiring classes. The year ended with our annual Christmas party, hosted at the beautiful home of Nancy and Paul Dorman.

Monthly Guild Meeting

*For a more complete history of the Guild, please see the current Membership Directory.